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Author: Mattias Eronn

Slayer – The Repentless Killogy

Besides the classic stuff and the “Repentless”-songs you get “Disciple” from “God Hates us All” and “Hate Worldwide” from the “World Painted Blood”-album, two decent post-classic songs but they have both been included on earlier live releases.

Paganizer – The Tower of the Morbid

Although that song might not be my cup of tea, the rest of the record, makes up for that by far, as the remaining 10 tracks consist of pure “Stockholm school” Death Metal, but with an individual touch in each song, making this relevant even compared with the myriad of Death Metal-records on the market today.

Runemagick – Into Desolate Realms

Everything we are used to find on a Runemagick album is also present on “Into Desolate Realms”, the slow ultra heavy parts, the occasional outburst of faster, or at least mid tempo Death Metal

Atlantean Kodex – The Course of Empire

Now, the absence of Doom doesn’t necessary mean that Atlantean Kodex isn’t a good band, or that ”The Course of Empire” should be a bad record. I don’t mind my Metal to be Epic at all and when it comes to Heavy Metal I would go as far, stating I crave the music to be Epic to really like it, and one thing’s for sure, ”The Course of Empire” is epic as hell!

Elvenking – Reader of the Runes – Divination

In my opinion ”Reader of the Runes – Divination” could have saved in a bit on the bombastic moments and maybe ditched one or two songs in favour for a shorter, more direct album but all in all I’m pretty pleased with the new album.

Venom – In Nomine Satanas: 40 Years in Sodom

Besides the studio albums the box contains the live double album ”Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, the planchette-shaped picture single ”Bloodlust” and a double album containing, so called ”previously unreleased” demo songs, which is christened ”Sons of Satan”.

Batushka – Hospodi

All lyrics are in polish so I don’t have the slightest idea what they are about, but they give the impression to be quite religious in an orthodox way, and at least I hope they are full of blasphemy, but for all it’s worth, they could as well be praising the Lord…

Abbath – Outstrider

Although this is far from my favourite Bathory song, this is, without any major competition, the best track on the album, and even if the performance is brilliant It’s a bit sad that they get out shined by a cover although I guess the fact that it’s the mighty Bathory might give some comfort…

Enthroned – Cold Black Suns

The aggressive parts sure blast away from time to time but even if they often consist of a cacophony of different things going on at the same time, they sound strangely blank and when Enthroned actually makes something different, like in the beginning of ”Silent Redemption” it mostly sound like watered down and quite awful ”Pop Metal” to me.

Murg – Strävan

Contributing to the Scandinavian feel is the harsh, well produced lo-fi production that matches the nature of the music perfectly, although it craves a good stereo, or preferably listening through headphones, to be made justice.

Grand Magus – Wolf God

Natural the expectations on their ninth album, ”Wolf God” is set pretty God damn high and this is absolutely one of my most awaited albums coming out this year. The question is, does Grand Magus of 2019 manage to take the high stand once again or will they crumble in the blood soaked mud?To be honest, it starts of a bit weak…

Usurper – Lords of the Permafrost

I guess that the music comes at firsthand now and the drug rituals has taken a step back, but does that mean that the once so tuff Americans have gone soft? Not at all, is the answer. Usurper still delivers their unique brand of though, fist in the air, death/black/thrash-metal and I dare to say that they do a better job than ever!

Overkill – The Wings of War

Although it could have started of better, since the first song, “Last Man Standing”, begins with one of the most boring, ”tecno”-sounding, intros I have heard. If it wouldn’t have been for the fact that I was supposed to review the album I’d stop listening then and there and since the song, when it gets going, both presents killer riffing and some serious sing along choruses, it would have been a real pity!

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